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Introduction

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bank of China’s service to Hong Kong, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (“BOCHK”) issued the “Bank of China (Hong Kong) Centenary Commemorative Banknote” (“Commemorative Banknote”) in 2017, receiving an enthusiastic response from the public. Thanks to the contribution by the people and society of Hong Kong, the net proceeds from the sale of the Commemorative Banknote will be devoted in full to local charitable causes through the BOCHK Centenary Charity Programme. For details please visit the BOCHK Centenary Charity Programme website.

 

A total of HK$100 million of the net proceeds will be donated through The Community Chest of Hong Kong to support local charities in Hong Kong (the “Programme”). This special allocation will support local community initiatives that address the current community needs, with the aim of improving lives and promoting wellbeing of the underprivileged as well as fostering mutual help and capacity building.

Timeline

Application period:        8 April to 10 June 2019 (The application is closed)
Announcement of approved projects:        December 2019
Project commencement date:        Between January and June 2020
Project end date:        On or before 30 June 2023

Application

Application Guidelines and Assessment Criteria

  1. Eligibility of Applicants
  2. Applicants must be member agencies of either the Chest or The Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

  3. Application Guidelines
    • Projects under application must provide direct services to the underprivileged in Hong Kong. Capital or research projects shall NOT be considered.
    • Funded projects under the Programme must not receive funding in any other form during and until the end of the funding period.
    • The amount of grant each project can apply for shall range from HK$500,000 to HK$3,000,000.
    • The duration of each project must not exceed three years.
    • Each agency can submit up to a maximum of Two applications.
    • Complete one form for each project.

  4. Service Scopes
  5. Projects should benefit the underprivileged in the local community. Priority will be given to projects that serve the following groups (in no particular order) :
    • The Elderly, Patients, and their Carers;
    • People or families with limited resources, or with new challenge or hidden risk;
      (e.g. child care services, respite services, support services for families with new born, young couple, split families, etc.)
    • Youth;
      (e.g. youth development, youth mobility, or youth mental health services, etc.)
    • The Physically Disabled;
    • Ethnic Minority.

  6. Assessment Criteria
    • Meeting the objectives of this Programme
    • Project Practicability: the project is cost-effective; and the output and outcome measurement are clearly identified.
    • Project Planning: the overall planning and organisational structure of the project shall be comprehensive; the applicant shall have the relevant service experience and track record, resources available for the project as well as the sustainability plan.



How to Apply

  1. Please complete the application form
    <Download Application Form (doc)>
  2. If the applicant is not a member agency of the Chest, please submit the following documents together with the application form:
    • 2017/18 Audited accounts; and
    • 2017/18 Annual report; and
    • 2017/18 Management letter issued by the auditor

  3. The application period is from 8 April 2019 to 10 June 2019. Please send your application form(s) and required documents to the Chest office (address: Unit 1805, 18/F, Harcourt House, 39 Gloucester Road, Hong Kong, please mark “Application for BOCHK Centenary Charity Programme” on the envelope) and email a softcopy in word format to spf@commchest.org.
  4. Enquiries
  5. Please contact the Project Manager Ms. Kit Chau on 2599-6138 or Project Executive Mr. Joe Tam on 2599-6145.

Funding Projects

   
Animal Assisted Intervention on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Agency: Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Mobile Wheelchair Support Service
Agency: Hong Kong Wheelchair Aid Service Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Wheels Need You Social Program
Agency: Direction Association for the Handicapped
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

The project will target at children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by adapting Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) so as to reduce their psycho-social and behavioural problems, enhance sensory and communication skills and improve the cognitive functioning. Moreover, it will support parents or caregivers to reduce their stress.   The project will provide regular check-up and repair wheelchair services for wheelchair users in various locations through a service bus as a mobile wheelchair depot so as to enable wheelchair users in continuing and completing their daily study, work and activities.   The project will reach out and identify Persons with Severe Disabilities (PSDs) who are 'hidden' or live alone or live with Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs) by home visits so as to encourage and assist them to re-develop their social life. Moreover, it will provide counselling and groups for carers and FDHs to build a mutual support network and develop mutual understanding between PSDs and carers/ FDHs.
         
   
Express Integrated Early Intervention (EIEI) for Young Children with Cerebral Palsy or Neurological Impairments
Agency: SAHK
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Life Story Project and Developing Carers of PWD (Persons with Disabilities) as Positive Life Ambassadors
Agency: Christian Family Service Centre
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  ‘Care about You’ Support Scheme for Families with SEN Children
Agency: The Salvation Army
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

The project will provide immediate time-limited integrated early intervention programme for young children with cerebral palsy, motor disorders due to neurological impairments, at risk or suspected cases of these conditions at home or in community based centre. Moreover, it will support and empower families to provide proper care and home management for those children.   The project will invite carers’ of Persons with Disabilities (PWSs) to make their “Life Story Book” and train them up as life ambassadors to promote positive life attitude and resilience in schools or the community.   The project will provide individual coaching, counselling, mutual support groups, workshops and family programmes for carers of children with special education needs in order to facilitate their acceptance towards self and their children, enhance their parenting competence, recognise their strengths, and promote positive family interaction.
         
   
Work Studio-Employment Program for Young People with SEN
Agency: The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  The ReLive Project
Agency: Haven of Hope Christian Service
Service Districts: Wanchai, Eastern district, Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Tseung Kwan O
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  Upward Mobility of Disabled Family
Agency: Hong Kong Federation of The Blind
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

The project will provide career planning services, training groups, job placements and mentoring programmes for 15 years old or above young people with special education needs (SEN) in secondary school and higher education institutions so as to develop and strengthen their job adaptation skills. Moreover, it will promote acceptance of young people with SEN in Hong Kong labour market by fostering an inclusive workplace culture.   The project will serve people with physical disabilities (PWPD) aged 19 to 64 years old by adapting the Model of Human Occupations (MOHO) and Integrative Model for Reactivating Live. It provides individualised coaching on occupational lifestyle redesign with home visits, rent-to-own rehabilitation aids services, therapeutic groups, tutor certification programmes, exchange trip to Taiwan and Australia in order to re-establish an actively engaged life with dignity and self-efficacy as well as promote positive change of physical condition and body perception among PWPD.   The project will serve parents with disabilities and their 3 to 18 years old children by empowering families through mentoring scheme, scholarship and subsidy scheme, learning support classes and parent-child activities.
         
   
Mobile Dementia Service Station
Agency: Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease Association
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Soul is Beautiful Because of You
Agency: Buddhist Po Ching Home for the Aged Women
Service Districts: Northern district
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Drop-in Service - Information & Practical Cancer Support
Agency: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

The project aims at identifying remote communities with limited dementia support service available, to provide an easy access and ongoing support for people living with dementia (pwd) and their caregivers. It will set up a mobile dementia service team including occupational therapists, social workers, nurses and dementia training assistants to deliver early identification assessments in the mobile spots, outreach in-home services (e.g. assessments, training, home modification, etc.) and dementia-friendly neighbourhood support service.   The project will aim at relieving negative emotion and enhancing well-being for elderly with chronic disease and pain through mindfulness. Moreover, it will help elderly with dementia to express themselves and slow down deterioration through Zetangle. In addition, it will promote life integration for elderly by life story review.   The project will aim at providing immediate informational and practical support, free Drop-In Service and emotional support to cancer patients at any stages and their caregivers in a purpose-designed centre in Tuen Mun.
         
   
Expressing Lives with Arts - Creative Arts Project in Palliative Care
Agency: Art in Hospital Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Happy Together-Collaboration Elderly with Deaf
Agency: Silence Limited
Service Districts: Shamshuipo, Northern district and Yuen Long
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Health Link
Agency: Hong Kong Christian Service
Service Districts: Kwun Tong
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

The project will target at palliative patients and their family members or carers. It will aim at improving their quality of life by decorating a lively and human physical environment in a palliative care unit. Moreover, it will train student ambassadors about the concept of healing art and music to provide services for patients in the palliative care setting so as to reduce their stress.   The project will use sign language as a medium of communication between elderly aged 60 years old or above and people with hearing impaired to enhance their communication skills and improve their living environment. Moreover, it will cultivate a non-verbal environment and social support network for the elderly to prepare for future hearing loss or deterioration.   The project will target at elderly aged 60 years old or above and their caregivers with focuses on four chronic diseases including Three-Highs (Hyperglycemia, Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension) and Osteoporosis by adopting a three-tiers intervention, multi-disciplinary support and networking community stakeholders and mobilising volunteers so as to establish a healthy life style, enhance self-management ability and promote community support for them.
         
   
Walking with Love – Caring the Elderly and Carers Program
Agency: The Hong Kong Chinese Church of Christ
Service Districts: Kowloon City
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Addressing Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention
Agency: Community CareAge Foundation Limited
Service Districts: Wanchai, Eastern District, Shamshuipo, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong and Kwai Tsing
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  Family-based Dementia Assessment and Support Project
Agency: Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
Service Districts: Eastern District, Shamshuipo, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong, Kwai Tsing and Tseung Kwan O
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

The project will serve carers of elderly with aims at offering emotion support to relieve their stress, providing information and strengthening knowledge and skills in elderly care as well as building their support network.   The project will target at elders aged 60 years old or above and with financial difficulties by providing the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan for formal diagnosis of osteoporosis. It will provide referrals, training, medical consultations and 12-months medical support with free drugs for osteoporotic elderly after the DEXA scan.   The project will provide outreaching community programmes, dementia assessments, referrals and support services to elders with dementia and their caregivers by adopting a three-tiers intervention, multi-disciplinary support and supported by large pool of volunteers. It will aim at raising community understanding on dementia, awareness of modifiable risk factors on dementia, enhancing the competence of elders with dementia and their caregivers and reducing their stress in living with dementia.
         
     
Building Healthy Life for Elderly
Agency: Hong Kong Evangelical Church Social Service Limited
Service Districts: Taipo
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  Better Days Initiative (Palliative Care Day Service Centre Pilot)
Agency: The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

   
The project will serve single elderly or doubleton elderly in Tai Po through home visits, counselling, life education groups, exercise classes, train up volunteers as ambassadors to provide care visit and home modification services so as to build up a healthy living condition and community network for them.   The project will pilot a palliative care day services centre for end-of-life patients and frail elderly in Hong Kong to improve their quality of life. Moreover, it will promote sense of family cohesion and fulfilment and arrange peer support for them and their families.  
         
   
Give Children the Best Start Home Visiting Project
Agency: Against Child Abuse Limited
Service Districts: Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sai and Tseung Kwan O
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Loving Home New Arrival Family Project
Agency: Windshield Charitable Foundation
Service Districts: Shamshuipo
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  Smiling Mum – Support for Females with Postnatal Mood Challenges
Agency: Mental Health Association of Hong Kong, The
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

The project will provide home visitation and support to parents with newborns by adapting mixed professional-volunteer model in order to reduce their stress and anxiety during pre and post-natal period, enhance knowledge and skills of parenting and caring and prevent child abuse and neglect at an early developmental stage of children.   The project will reach out hidden new arrival families and elders in Sham Shui Po through community outreach and home visit by social workers and volunteers. It will provide centre-based services including, adjustment programmes, learning support classes, family activities, volunteer services, toy club and parent resources corner and etc. to help users build support network and integrate into the community.   The project will identify women with potential risk of postnatal depression through conducting assessments by clinical psychologist. Moreover, it will increase the public awareness of needs of pregnant women/new mums and early identification of signs and symptoms of postnatal mood/psychiatric disorders. In addition, it will prevent women with low to moderate risks of postnatal disorder from developing into long-term major depression by enhancing social and psychological support for them and their caregivers so as to strengthen their inner strengths to cope with challenges.
         
   
Positive Family Development Scheme
Agency: The Church of United Brethren in Christ, Social Service Division
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  “Love @ Ages & Stages “ – An Early Intervention to Parents with New-born Community Support Project
Agency: The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Read to Change In a New Decade
Agency: Hans Andersen Club Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

The project will target at 4-12 years old with anxiety or anxiety tendency because of parent conflicts with aims of relieving children’s emotional distress, enhancing children’s resilience and educating parents to support children to adapt to changes in parental relationships. It will provide children and family support services through counselling, groups, workshops and parent-child programmes and promote positive psychology and mental health through mass programmes in the community.   The project will target at parents with newborns, coming from disadvantageous backgrounds and with limited parental resources by providing Family Life Education (FLE) services and intensive support services with focuses on individual self-care and child rearing and caring competence monitoring and improvement, parent-child attachment and relationship enhancement and community connectedness and support networks building.   The project will provide centre-based and school-based services for children aged 8-10 with a risk of aggressive behaviour by adapting Social Information Processing (SIP) model and Storytelling on correcting children’s aggressive behaviours and improving their emotional management. Moreover, it will equip academia, teachers and children workers to prevent children aggression or bullying and support schools and parents to build a harmonious campus.
         
   
Supporting Services for the Deprived Families with Attachment Problems
Agency: Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  “Don’t Worry”- Project for Junior Secondary Student under Pressure
Agency: The Church of United Brethren in Christ, Social Service Division
Service Districts: YauTsimMong, Kowloon City, Tuen Mun and Yuen Long
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Unleash Potential of Hidden Youth Project (UP Project)
Agency: St. James' Settlement
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

The project will target at deprived families with 3-18 years old children, coming across family incidents/crisis within two years by providing individual and family counselling, therapeutic groups, talks and family programmes. It will aim at assisting family members in dealing psychological impacts and attachment problems so as to promote interaction between parents and children, reshape intimate dependency relationships, establish emotional connection with love to gain a sense of security and ability to solve problems, and enhance the family resilience.   The project targets at secondary one and two students with emotional disturbance or adjustment problems during the transition from primary to secondary school with aims at introducing complex emotion and method to express emotion, and enhancing their positive motivation, competence and problem solving ability. It will reach and identify students by “Positive Life” campaign and provide developmental groups and counselling services for students with emotional or adjustment problems.   The project target at hidden youth aged 12 to 29 years old who are not in education, employment, or training(NEET) by providing character education counselling and home visits, parental discipline support counselling and groups, potential development services, work practice and community education programmes. It will assist hidden youth to use their productivity and enhance their competitiveness so as to enable them to return to the labour market. Moreover, it will help hidden youth, their families to connect with communities so as to explore their potential and assist them in employment or entrepreneurship.
         
     
Strength based Family Mental Health Project
Agency: Hong Kong Evangelical Church Social Service Limited
Service Districts: Northern district
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Love Buddy Reading Love Story Creation
Agency: Kids4Kids Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

 
The project targets to serve students under transition stages from kindergarten to primary schools and from primary to secondary schools and their parents by equiping parents to assist their children in adaptation, enhance the adaptability of children under transition and establish healthy parent-child relationships; relieveing the children’s and parents’ emotional and mental stress caused by transition by therapeutic intervention.   The project will serve children from deprived families through ‘Buddy Reading’ and “My Story Creation’ programmes in order to cultivate their interests in reading as a hobby.  
         
   
‘Let’s be friends right here’ - Volunteer Programme
Agency: Wai Ji Christian Service
Service Districts: Tuen Mun
Project Period: 2020 - 2022

  "Hello Neighbor" One-stop Subdivided Unit Support Program
Agency: Asbury Methodist Social Service
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Training for Parents and Teachers of Ethnic Minority Children with Special Education Needs
Agency: The Zubin Mahtani Gidumal Foundation Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

The project aims at promoting the disability inclusion message through a series of mass programmes with participants including both community youth volunteers and people with intellectual disabilities.   The project target at deprived families living in subdivided units. It will create an information platform including supporting hotline, WhatsApp group and online page and etc. for subdivided unit’s residents to share information they need as well as building mutual support and resource sharing network. Moreover, it will network community agencies to provide cross-district and one stop support services and referrals to those families, such as “Tenancy and rent supporting service”, “Moving supporting service” and “Community information corner” and so on.   The project provides training groups and workshops, individual and group consultation for parents of ethnic minority (EM) children with diagnosed or suspected special education needs (SEN) to equip them with knowledge and skills to understand and support their children at home and engage in their children’s school life. Moreover, it will build the capacity of social workers, teachers and students in Education who are planning to be teachers after studies by helping them understand the cultural background of EM and how to communicate and engage parents of EM children with SEN more effectively and sensitively.
         
   
Return to Work Support Scheme
Agency: Hong Kong Workers' Health Centre Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Hearts Connected – Subdivided Unit Project in SSP
Agency: The Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service
Service Districts: Shamshuipo
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Fly “H•I•G•H” Ethnic Minorities Life Planning Project
Agency: Methodist Epworth Village Community Centre
Service Districts: Eastern district
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

The project will target at injured workers by conducting assessments on their psychosocial complications, return to work motivation or readiness, and providing vocational individual counselling, classes with rehabilitation knowledge, interview skills and technical working skills of the related industry, in-service training, placements and on site coaching, job matching and referrals. It aims to relieve work-related psychiatric disorder, enhance ability and self-confidence and prepare them for returning to work as well as lessen the impact to the family and labour market.   The project will aim to promote well-beings of households living in subdivided units in Sham Shui Po by applying a three-tiered level of intervention. It will reach out the target groups by street booths and preliminary home visits, cater to individual or family needs of targeted households by individualised support services, as well as building network and enriching social capital among the households living in sub-divided units and the community by networking volunteers and neighbours, exchanging information and resources, and etc.   The project will target at children, youths, young girls and women Ethnic minorities (EMs) in Eastern district. It will provide programmes of family support, talent development, career and life planning, mentorship, language, social integration, employment support service, mutual support groups, cross-cultural activities and community education for them in order to develop their potentials and qualities, strengthen their support network as well as achieve social integration.
         
   
EM Rocks
Agency: Hong Kong Children and Youth Services
Service Districts: Central & Western district, Southern district, Wanchai, Eastern district, Shamshuipo, Tsuen Wan, Kwai Tsing and Yuen Long
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Support Project for Families Living in Sub-divided Units
Agency: International Social Service, Hong Kong Branch
Service Districts: Shamshuipo
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

  Home Improvement Project
Agency: Project Space Limited
Service Districts: All Districts
Project Period: 2020 - 2023

The project will engage and serve the ethnic minority (EM) children, youths and parents through cooperating with kindergartens and schools with focuses on psychological needs, personal growth, self-affirmation and potential development of them, network building and resource sharing among the EM group and the community. Moreover, it will provide career planning for EM youth and foster social integration in the community.   The project will serve deprived families living in subdivided units in Sham Shui Po with aims to reinforce the social network and the family function as well as sharing of the social capital in the community. It will recruit and train up volunteers as ambassadors to match them with targeted families (one ambassador to one family) in order to provide support to those families including home modification, cleaning work, escort services, child care support service, emotional support and etc.   The project will serve underprivileged families with children who are living in poor living environment by providing home improvement including cleaning up chaos, demolition of parts of home, home repairing, installation of necessary home furniture or electrical devices or instruction of re-organising home space and etc.
         
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